The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Floating Heap of Debris Twice the Size of Texas!

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii, there is a floating heap of debris the size of a continent!

In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists.

The enormous stew of trash - which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers - floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man's land between San Francisco and Hawaii.

Marcus Eriksen, director of research and education at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, said his group has been monitoring the Garbage Patch for 10 years.

"With the winds blowing in and the currents in the gyre going circular, it's the perfect environment for trapping," Eriksen said. "There's nothing we can do about it now, except do no more harm."

The patch has been growing, along with ocean debris worldwide, tenfold every decade since the 1950s, said Chris Parry, public education program manager with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco.

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PS: To all of the skeptical people who ask why haven't we heard about this before and why doesn't it show up on Google Earth and satellite photos do a little research and you see why. A good place to start is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch

Below is the first paragraph from that page.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Eastern Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135° to 155°W and 35° to 42°N and estimated to be twice the size of Texas.[1] The patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Despite its size and density, the patch is not visible from satellite photography because it consists of very small pieces, almost invisible to the naked eye [2] and most of its contents are suspended beneath the surface of the ocean. [3]
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I'm not convinced of the claims of man made climate change. I think its a big scam that special interest groups (like Al Gores bank account) promotes for financial gain while ignoring real threats to our planet like the great pacific garbage patch. All consumer plastic bags, jugs, and bottles can be replaced with biodegradable eco friendly ones made out of corn. Why didn't the world leaders at the recent failed climate summit address this problem since it's something that can be done as there are already companies producing bottles made from biodegradable corn. At least that would help slow the growth and poisoning of the ocean.
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I agree, do some research. The patch is not just huge heap of garbage floating around. Most of the plastic is photodegradable (breaks down in sunlight) and over time it collects in the middle of oceanic gyres and resembles a soupy, plastic-goop. It is true, and unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it either. Wake up people, we need to appreciate the fact that we have gone totally overboard with our planet. I suppose you wouldn't believe that Americans consume over 2,000,000 plastic beverage bottles EVERY 5 MINUTES either. If you want even more depressing figures, check out this guys' artwork:

http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php
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You cant see this because its under water watch this documenty

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=32055783

All you people are all so negitive, jesus christ you piss me off especially SoftwareSamurai
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This might help you understand what the problem is.

Krimmeny people, do some research before you make up your mind. The article gives you a great place to start, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation webpage perhaps?
http://www.algalita.org/

The plastic doesn't have to be surficial to be there.

http://www.algalita.org/pelagic_plastic_mov.html
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